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When a decision is made against you

Hearing process - When a decision is made against you

If a Tribunal decision is made against you the tribunal order will set out what you must do and by when. Your rights of appeal or rehearing are set out on the back of the order.

Examples of actions resulting from a Disputes Tribunals decision include:

  • making a payment to the other party in your dispute (the creditor), or
  • delivering property to the creditor, or
  • carrying out work for the creditor.

Your responsibilities

You need to do what the Tribunal has ordered by the date or time on the order, The other party (creditor) may contact you directly to arrange for the order to be carried out


If you don't obey the order

If you don't obey the order, the creditor can ask a legal agent or debt collection agency to act on their behalf, or they can apply to the District Court to enforce the order.

If enforcement action is filed against you, the costs are added to what you have to pay. These costs include all filing fees, plus any towing, storage and auction costs if your possessions are seized. You'll avoid these extra costs if you comply with the order voluntarily and on time.

For enforcement actions that may be taken against you, please see the Collections page.

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